The 1862 meeting of the Kings Mountain Baptist Association took place at New Bethel Church (present day: New Bethel Baptist Church) in Lawndale, NC. The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder Larkin M. Berry and the circular letter authored by Elder John R. Logan. The assembly introduced and adopted a resolution by Elder Larkin M. Berry pertaining to speculators in the county driving up the price of household goods. The assembly proposed to petition the General Assembly of North Carolina to have the operations of the speculators ceased. The assembly introduced and adopted a resolution to encourage member churches to hold the first Sunday in December and second Sunday in January as days of fasting and prayer "for the cause of our country and its army, now engaged in the defense of our liberties...[and] to specially plead with the Great Ruler of all things, for the prosperity of the cause of the Confederate States." The Report on Temperance dictates that "many of our members, and some of our churches in union, are still delinquent" in implementing the temperance bylaws voted on in the 1859 meeting. The association has focused their home mission efforts on the Catawba valley, sending two paid missionaries to the region. The 1862 minutes see a focus shifting towards army missions with several local Baptist associations seeking to supply preaching services to the Confederate army. Reports include individual and church donations to army, coloportage, and home missions. Mention is made regarding the Biblical Recorder, edited by J. D. Hufham, and its enduring publication during the war.
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The Kings Mountain Baptist Association Collection is housed at Gardner-Webb University's John R. Dover Memorial Library in the University Archives. This collection was scanned with funding from a grant awarded by ALABI (The Association of Librarians & Archivists at Baptist Institutions).